Virginia Offensive Line Improved Late Last Season, Could Play Key Role Ahead

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Virginia won 9 games.
Offensive line coach Garett Tujague holds up the Commonwealth Cup after UVA topped VT. ~ Mike Ingalls

Bring up the Virginia football team’s offense this offseason and the conversation almost always turns to who will succeed Bryce Perkins at quarterback. Brennan Armstrong, the backup the last two seasons, is the presumed front-runner and Mississippi State transfer Keytaon Thompson committed to the program in the spring to bolster the depth and competition at that position.

It’s easy to understand why there’s so much attention on the quarterback heir. Perkins finished his Cavalier career as one of the all-time greats in the orange and blue. He set the UVA career record for total offense with 7,910 yards over two years in the program. He also set the program’s rushing record for a quarterback with 1,692 rushing yards.

In 2019, he carried an enormous load for the offense. He finished with 4,307 total yards that included the program’s single-season passing record of 3,538 yards and 769 rushing yards. He accounted